Kitchn Cure Wrap-Up
Well I had hoped to have a wonderful “after” post about the Cure, telling you how amazing my kitchen was afterwards, but I basically wrote that a week or so ago. The fact is, the kitchn cure ended up being a bit of a bust.
The first four days were amazing, and I really felt like my kitchen was cleaner, healthier, more user-friendly. Every task after that pretty much blew.
Case in point: Day 5, the assignment was to restock ingredients. Since I already had a pretty well stocked pantry, I basically only bought two things. Day 6, the assignment was to buy tools and appliances to replace the ones I threw away. Well, the whole point for me was that I only got rid of things I never use, so I really didn’t feel the need to replace anything. Also, since both my husband and I are currently sans paycheck, it didn’t seem prudent to go splurge on a fancy gadget.
Day 7, the assignment was to do a “special project” – and while there are many projects I would love to tackle in my kitchen some day, the whole no-paycheck thing made that nearly impossible. I thought about coming up with something just so I could say I did something, and in the end I rearranged my pots and pans. Go me.
Day 8‘s assignment was to buy fresh flowers and bring them into the kitchen. I actually laughed when I saw this one. It’s a nice sentiment, but it was really starting to feel like the folks running this thing were just out of ideas. We have two cats who have a tendency to jump on our kitchen counter when our backs are turned, so I knew any fresh flowers would not be safe in my kitchen. Next!
Day 9, the penultimate assignment, was to MAKE A MEAL. I hate to break it to you guys, but I make meals in my kitchen almost every day. So yeah, I did technically fulfill this assignment. I can’t even remember what I made now…I think it was a spinach pesto pasta? Yeah, let’s say it was that.
And on the final day of this Kitchn Cure, which started with a bang and definitely ended with a whimper, the assignment was to plan a dinner party. I contemplated doing it. I really did. And some day I will. But with a toddler in the house who goes to bed at 7 pm, a dinner party just doesn’t sound feasible. We’ll do it some time, I’m sure. Maybe we’ll make it a potluck, since I’m not sure how I’d get my son to bed AND make a multi-course meal for a group of people. Perhaps a make-ahead casserole?
So yeah. Not a roaring success, but I did re-line my kitchen shelves, clean out my pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. I even attempted to clean my oven. My dishwasher has now died a slow, painful death so that could technically be my “special project” – but for now we are handwashing dishes until we have some money coming in again and can justify a big purchase like that. The Kitchn Cure started off practical and ended up feeling more like it was a dreamer’s task. Still, I’m glad I did it. My kitchen stayed clean for about two days, so that’s something.